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Size does not matter

When it comes to looking after their youngs, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongos like all parents are super protective. When a perceived predator invades their territory they will try their best to chase it away, even though the predator is many times their size. Size does not matter. It does not know that the Oriental Honey Buzzard goes after the larvae of bees and other insects. Instinct just kicks in.


All this female Oriental Honey Buzzard wanted was to take a rest after migrating across from Indonesia. Unfortunately it came too close to a pair of nesting Greater Racket-tailed Drongos. The GRT Drongo at first just stood guard and hoped that the OHB will go away.


After a few minutes stand off,  the GRT Drongo cannot wait any longer and decided to attack and chase the OHB away.


The GRT Drongo went for the soft under belly even though it may come close to the talons of the OHB. That is really  brave.


Bang! It happened so fast that I did not notice that it made contact until I check the photo. It followed up with another attack from the top to make sure it got the message after this. On its own this photo looks like the OHB has caught the Drongo.

Reference: Yong Ding Li, Lim Kim Chuah and Lee Tiah Khee. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Singapore. 2013 John Beaufoy Publications. 


Telok Blangah Hill Raptor Watch 2015

15 Nov 2015.

This young Oriental Honey Buzzard was circling low over the hillside before dropping down to trees below to roost.

The overcast skies for most of the day could be one of the reasons for the low count at today’s Raptor Watch at all the sites. Leow Yoon Li, Lim Lee Lee and her son Clement joined Kenneth Kee and I at Telok Blangah Hill Terrace in the count today. We did not get the big flocks of Oriental Honey Buzzards like last year but nevertheless had enough raptors to keep us busy for a good part of the morning. 8 years old Lionel Neo came with his dad to the hill top to practice his gongfu moves but ended up helping us with the count as he was fascinated with our scopes, binoculars and the raptors.

Crested Goshawk
This curious young Crested Goshawk made our day.

Black Bazas came up tops with 40 birds from 2 small kettles. We were rather surprised to see some flying north west instead of South and East. Did they know that forests in Indonesia are gone? All the 7 Japanese Sparrowhawks that we saw were flying high up. Only 5 Oriental Honey Buzzards were counted, all juveniles. One even came down to perched at the rain tree on the hill top. Resident raptors include 3 Brahminy Kites, I White-bellied Sea-eagle and 2 Black-shouldered Kites ( new location for this species which is normally found in open grasslands).

The day ended with great excitement when a young Crested Goshawk flew in and perched on the Rain Tree next to us. A lifer to Lee Lee, Clement and Yoonli.

A young pale morph female Oriental Honey Buzzard was able to find its way to our island on its own. They will be spending the summer in Indonesia.